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International Men's Day - The Six Pillars

International Men's Day - The Six Pillars

International Men's Day (IMD) celebrates and promotes positive male role models on 19 November each year. But how did it start and what are 'The Six Pillars'?

If it's March, then we think you might have misspelt: International Women's Day

History of International Men's Day

It all began on 7 February 1991, when Professor Thomas Oaster of Missouri University proposed the idea of a 'mens day off'. The idea was to recognise and celebrate the contributions that men make in society.

The following year, 'men's day off' became International Men's Day, marking the first official celebrations.

Over the years IMD lost it's popularity. However, Jerome Teelucksingh, helped to revive the event in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999. He chose 19 November to honour his father's birthday. As well as to celebrate how on the same day in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago's football team had united the country in their efforts to qualify for the World Cup.

Teelucksingh promoted International Men's Day as a day that wasn't just a gender day, but also as a day that could address issues affecting men and boys.

Speaking about IMD, he said:

"They are striving for gender equality and patiently attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society."

The Six Pillars of International Men's Day:

Below are The Six Pillars of International Men's Day. These six pillars focus on uniting humanity, by giving everyone the chance to celebrate, IMD, through shared objectives.

  1. Promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
  2. Celebrate men’s positive contributions; to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment
  3. Focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
  4. Highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.
  5. Improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
  6. Create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

    Men of quality, respect women's equalityMen of quality respect women's equality (Source: Pixabay)

Statistics for Men in England

Listed below are some important statistics surrounding men and boys. These cover a wide range of issues and are from a larger list on Men and Boys Coalition.

  • Healthcare: Men are less likely to acknowledge illness, or to seek help when sick, compared to women (Mental Health Forum).
  • Suicide and mental health: Males accounted for three-quarters (75%) of all suicides registered (4,382 deaths) in 2017 (ONS).
  • Education: 62,000 fewer boys/men go to university every year than girls/women (UCAS).
  • Fatherhood: In 96% of cases, the parents who apply to court for access to their children are men (Nuffield Foundation).
  • Homelessness: Males account for 86% of rough sleepers in England (Gov UK).
  • Imprisonment: Men are more likely to go to prison and to receive longer sentences for the same crime, compared to women (BBC: House of Commons).
  • Victims of violence: Men are nearly twice as likely as women to be a victim of violent crime and among children, boys are more likely than girls to be victims of violence (ONS).
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: For every three victims of partner abuse, two will be female and one will be male. Every year 450,000 men in the UK suffer from partner abuse (Man Kind Initiative).

Make sure you read our article 'Mental Health Day - Let's Talk About it'. It talks about how you can recognise mental health issues, as well as how you can seek help and be supportive.

Sad, depressed male

Sad, depressed male (Source: Pixabay)

Support

If you are finding things difficult, then know that someone is always there for you.

Samaritans

Samaritans are a unique charity, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation, disconnection as well as suicidal thoughts. Nothing is too big, or small to talk about.

So, if you just need someone to speak to, then someone is always there to listen.

You can call Samaritans for free, any time, from any phone, on: 116 123

Samaritans Logo

Samaritans Logo (Source: Samaritans)

The International Men's Day/Leydon Logo

Symbolising a clenched fist holding the Mars male icon, the Leydon logo has been adapted for International Men's Day.

International Men's Day Leydon Logo

International Men's Day Leydon Logo (Source: Archive)

Cover Photo: Men support climbing mountain (Source: Pxhere)

We hope you've found this article insightful. Remember to share it with your friends and together we can support and celebrate men and boys of all ages!

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